The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is deleting a portion of the Superfund site in Libby, Montana that is contaminated with asbestos. They came to the decision after performing the required cleaning activities at a former mine screening plant. The plant was used to separate vermiculite from the mined materials that also contains large amounts of asbestos.
Libby asbestos claims are overwhelming courts in Montana. Now, the Montana Supreme Court has appointed six additional Asbestos Claim Court judges to handle the overflow of claims pending.
The people of Miami, Oklahoma are calling for the cleanup of a decommissioned B.F. Goodrich tire factory that is littered with asbestos. The two structures that are left standing, employed thousands of workers from 1945 to 1985.
Libby, Montana residents are familiar with asbestos and its dangers. The infamous vermiculite mine in the town is full of naturally occurring asbestos. Hundreds of Libby residents have died from diseases related to asbestos exposure and thousands more are currently suffering.
Here are a few tips form the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization on how to keep your kids safe from asbestos in their schools:
Nightcliff Beach is a popular destination for tourists and locals of Australia's Northern Territory. The sands are covered with shells, sea glass, and... asbestos.
Millions of Americans across the U.S. have suffered exposure to the asbestos fibers that cause the fatal conditions mesothelioma, lung cancer, other cancers, and asbestosis. In addition, workers who came home from the shipyards, construction sites, and factories with the dust on their clothes, skin, and hair also exposed their spouses and children -- many who have now been diagnosed with asbestos-related disease, themselves.
The U.S. Department of Justice sued the water and sewer department for the small Montana town of Jackson after asbestos, arsenic, pesticides, and radium were found in the water. Specific charges include contamination, failure to monitor, and failure to provide public notice after the harmful substances were found (Dunlap, 2018).
The City of Austin is reviewing their policies on asbestos after finding "numerous failures and deficiencies that may have led to exposures" at four government departments within the past two years (Barer, 2018). Recent reviews found that the City's plan specifically lacked people to manage the asbestos and the knowledge of how to test, remove, and handle asbestos.
Asbestos related diseases have an average latency period of 10 to 80 years with most victims diagnosed in their 60s and 70s, so it is rare to see young adults and children developing mesothelioma. Late last year, a 23-year-old female was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma (Tanner, 2018), a fatal cancer of the peritoneum that surrounds the organs in the abdominal region. Her doctors believe that asbestos entered her body through inhalation and ingestion around the age of three. After 10 hours of operation and chemotherapy treatment, her doctors are hopeful that her prognosis can be extended for several years.